Henry William Watson

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Rev. Henry William Watson FRS (25 February 1827, Marylebone, London – 11 January 1903, Berkswell near Coventry) was a mathematician and author of a number of mathematics books. He was an ordained priest and Cambridge Apostle.


He was born at Marylebone on 25 Feb. 1827. He was the son of Thomas Watson, R.N., and Eleanor Mary Kingston.[1]

He was educated at King's College London and at Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] He graduated as second wrangler and Smith's prizeman in 1850, Dr. W. H. Besant being senior wrangler. He became fellow in 1851, and from 1851 to 1853 was assistant tutor. Watson formed a close friendship with James Fitzjames Stephen, who entered Trinity in 1847.[1]

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1881. He and Francis Galton introduced the Galton–Watson process in 1875.

Books by H. W. Watson[edit]


  1. ^ a b  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainJames, T. E. (1912). "Watson, Henry William". Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ "Watson, Henry William (WT846HW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.

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